CLOQUET—Not long after she emerged from the bottom of a dog-pile of joyful teammates following her game-winning goal Sunday, Haley Adkins admitted she usually likes to shoot the puck to the top left of the net. "But this time I went top right," she said. It turned out to be the right spot at the right time, as Adkins' netter earned the Cloquet girls U-12 youth hockey team their Heartbreaker Tournament title trophy with a wild 4-3 win over Hibbing-Chisholm in double-overtime.
Sports writer Tyler Korby outlines his suggestions for the top sporting events of the coming week for Carlton County teams.
CLOQUET—While waxing his skis inside the Pine Valley chalet prior to Monday afternoon's Nordic ski practice as the snow fell outside, coach Glen Sorenson recalled having about a baker's dozen worth of skiers out for his Cloquet-Esko-Carlton program when he began. Four winters later, Sorenson saw his Lumberjacks land almost that many on the All-Conference team. In fact, CEC counted 10 skiers with such honors, as they crowded the podium at last Friday afternoon's Lake Superior Conference meet at Snowflake Nordic Ski Center in Duluth.
Pine Journal sports writer Tyler Korby writes about the top three upcoming games or sporting events.
Prior to the start of their game, Devney gave Dolan a brand-new blue Esko jersey with the No. 13 on it, in honor of Dolan’s grandson, Henry, an 8-month-old currently battling heart defects down at a University of Minnesota hospital. Devney’s boys also donned red and black rubber wristbands during pre-game warm-ups to show their support for Henry, whose father — Dolan’s son — wore No. 13 when he used to play for him at Annandale.
While the girls' jug comes in at five pounds and has been traveling between towns since 1980, the boys' trophy looks more like a massive moonshine jug, weighing around 30 pounds. Marked with each season and score on the respective winning team's side each year, this small-school hoopla began for the boys in 1951.
Stats and scores aside, last Thursday was the Eskomos' annual holiday get-together at the Antonutti home in Esko. Gifts and games were plentiful, while Coach Antonutti said he prepared the annual breakfast egg bake.
Still, coach Jeff Gronner watched as his girls grinded out every point with mighty MIB. Trailing by as many as 11 early on when an agitated Gronner took a timeout, he then saw his group close the gap to 33-29 by the half.
"We'll host this as long as we can," said Battaglia, who played in the tournament at the middle school during his high school days of the late ’90s. "The gym is full, there are a ton of little kids, it's cool.
"They work their butts off every shift," the elder Mohelsky said of a team that has won four straight and hasn't lost since their lone defeat to Class AA's Dodge County 26 days ago. "We're playing well. As long as we stay within ourselves, I think we can compete with anyone."